Jun 2, 2010

Shrimp Quesadillas with Tomato Avocado Salsa




Shrimp, avocados and melted cheese, what a combination! I was very impressed with the melting factor of Cabot's 75% reduced fat cheddar. I will definitely be buying it again for other recipes. I shredded it in my mini food chopper. The reduced fat Pepper Jack cheese would be an amazing option as well. Without the tomato avocado salsa these are only 4 points.





Shrimp Quesadillas with Tomato Avocado Salsa
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 quesadilla • Old Points: 7 pts • Points: 8 pts
Calories: 307.3 • Fat: 16.0 g Protein: 29.6 g Carb: 27.3 g Fiber: 17.8 g    


Tomato Avocado Salsa:
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 hass avocado, diced
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tbsp red onion, finely minced
  • 16 large shrimp, cleaned and deviened 
  • cumin
  • garlic powder
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • cooking spray
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 6 oz Cabot's 75% Light Vermont Cheddar, shredded
  • 8 (6") low carb whole wheat flour tortillas (I used La Tortilla Factory)
In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, avocado, red onion, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper.


Season shrimp with salt, pepper, cumin, and garlic powder. Lightly spray a hot skillet on medium heat with cooking spray, add shrimp and scallions. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side until shrimp is cooked though. Remove from heat and cut shrimp in half lengthwise, set aside.

Heat skillet on medium heat and lightly spray with oil. Add tortilla, top with 1.5 oz cheese, 8 shrimp halves, and tomato avocado salsa. When the cheese is melted and the bottom of the tortilla is golden brown, place the other tortilla on top. Put a plate on top of the quesadilla to flip it over onto the plate. Then slide the other side onto the skillet. Cook another minute and remove with a spatula. Cut into wedges and serve immediately.

64 comments :

  1. Don't you love those La Tortilla Factory Tortillas? I use them for everything! Love this dish...I'm all about some shrimp lately.

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  2. Yes Dawn, love them! They are packed with fiber! Shrimp is just so quick and easy to make, love it. My daughter is allergic so that complicates things a bit.

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  3. Oh shrimp. How I love you. I will have to make this on a night my husband isn't around. He is also allergic. But this looks fantastic. I hope I can find that cheese!

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  4. Yum! These look amazing! Any suggestions of where to find that cheese? Also, I am the only shrimp lover in my house - would frozen work?

    These are so on my menu this week, the rest of the family can have chicken in theirs. :)

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  5. The sell it in my supermarket. I noticed you can also buy it online (see the link). Frozen shrimp is fine! Cooked shrimp would work too if you are pressed for time. Toss with some lime, salt and cilantro first.

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  6. Oh my, these look delicious! And I agree- reduced fat Cabot melts well, is delicious, AND low-fat... yum :)
    Jacquelyn

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  7. This looks awesome! A perfect, quick summer dinner...

    We don't have the same availability of foods in the supermarkets here in my part of Canada but Cabot cheese is one of the products I always bring back with me when I travel to the US. I'll have to look for the reduced fat cheddar - haven't seen that one yet.

    Thanks, Gina!

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  8. Good to know about the cheese, you gotta have good melting cheese in quesadillas! The tortillas almost look homemade, they must be good!

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  9. OMG! These look fabulous!

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  10. Delicious, I saved 18 points for dinner, so decided that I could have 2 servings....BIG mistake, I could barely finish the 1st b/c it was sooooo filling. My husband loved it, I will definitely make it again. Thanks!

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  11. Oh yes, I should have mentioned they are filling. One is enough! Glad you both liked them!!

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  12. Thanks! Can't wait to make these & I'll keep a look out for that Cabot cheese!

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  13. Man, that looks good! I'm allergic to shrimp but I think farm raised tilapia will work as well, which I can eat.

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  14. I love shrimp and I love quesadillas, however for some reason, I have never combined the two!

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  15. I will try this on Saturday! Having guest, no one will know the difference! Thanks again Gina!

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  16. Wow these look so good, and my hubby and I are on a slight avocado obsessed phase! :) Gina, thank you so much for these recipes. You have revitalized my creativity for making WW recipes (something I have done for years and was starting to get bored). Now I'm excited going through your site making these healthy, easy, yet delightfully fresh meals! I LOVE your cobb salad. Holy moly that was great! Oh and your crepes...I could go on! Thank you again, you don't realize what good you are doing!

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  17. these look wonderful. i bought some of the cabot 75% reduced fat cheddar to put in my tuna pasta salad and it wasn't great to just eat plain, it was kind of dry and crumbly. i'll have to make this so i can use it up! looks like another winner, as usual.

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  18. Yeah, I think the Cabot 75% reduced fat cheddar is better melted.

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  19. @Natalie- We are avocado obsessed too!!

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  20. Made these tonight minus the tomatoes since we don't like them and they were YUMMY!!! I live in a small town so very limited on cheeses so used Kraft low fat cheddar and it was good. So happy I found this site. Tomorrow we are having the Barbacoa beef w/ chipotles cilantro lime rice!

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  21. We just made these last night and they were great!! They were sooo good! I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about the Tomato Avocado salsa, but it gave it so much flavor! I don't have the quesadilla pan flipping thing down yet. :( So good!

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  22. I made this last night-AMAZING! I saved the left over salsa and used it for lunch today!

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  23. I just joined WW and I am loving it simply because of your site. I made this delicious meal last night and it was to die for. I didn't have cheese on hand and made it without and it was still excellent. I also made the pasta with asparagus the other night which was very very good.
    This is really a fabulous site! Love it!

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  24. Quesadillas without the cheese! Now that's different! Glad everyone is enjoying these!!

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  25. I made these earlier this week...they were yummy. I added some lightly sauted peppers and onions and made them into to fajita quesadillas. It was super filling! Thanks for your great recipes! Making the pasta with aspargas tonight!

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  26. YUMMMMMMMMMY! These quesadillas were a hit at dinner tonight! I used Veggie Slices Pepper Jack Soy Cheese for these. Added a little kick and it melts very well.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

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  27. Another delicious recipe!! My hubby and I loved these! I can't thank you enough for all of your fabulous creations...and most of all your time!!

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  28. You're welcome! Glad you all enjoyed them!

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  29. I made this yesterday and it turned out great! What a simple recipe! I know I would've paid at least double for this delicious meal if I went to a restaurant. Gina, I LOVE your website. Thank you.

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  30. These were perfect! So fresh and tasty! I have the turkey stuffed peppers and banana cream pie on the menu for tonight....your recipes are amazing!

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  31. These are delicious. Nice and cheesy and very filling! My husband is becoming a Gina fan too now because I make all these yummy meals for him. ;-)

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  32. Made this last night! It was delicious! My 13 yr old daughter loved it and cleaned her plate!!! Thanks Gina!!

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  33. Fabulous! It was a hit with the whole family. It really was a taste sensation.
    I wound up using Mission Carb Balance. I couldnt find any of the 1 pt tortillas. I live in Nassau County, where can you find La Tortilla Factory?

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  34. I get them in Stop and Shop, they are by the deli section where the rolls are.

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  35. I made this the other night with a whole wheat weight watchers pita (since I didn't have an tortillas on hand) and it was incredible! Mmmm nothing like a low fat tasty quesadilla! Even my boyfriend who is down on health food loved it!

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  36. I'm all about the melted cheese!

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  37. The recipe doesn't say how much cumin or garlic powder to use. Can you tell me how much? Thanks. :)

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  38. This recipe is to die for, it's my all time favorite, but when I calculate it im getting 10 pointsplus. What am I doing wrong? Im assuming each serving gets 1/4 avacado which is 3 pts+ 2 tortillas which is 4 pts+ 4 shrimp which is 1 pts+ and the cheese is 2 pts+ Please let me know how to make this 7 or 8 pts+ because I love it! Thanks Gina!

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  39. I haven't update the points plus on this yet, thi is the old points. I'll update now.

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  40. Just updated points plus and I got 8 points plus. I don't calculate it separate, did you put this in recipe builder?

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  41. I was doing it for separate ingredients. If all together its 8 pts+ Im going with it! I gave this recipe as well as your website to my eeting and everyone was very excited! Better than a Mexican restaurant!

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  42. I made these and they were great!!! Love 'em!! :) Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  43. Made this last night, so good!!! This will definitely be part of my regular rotation! Thanks for sharing it!

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  44. These look so delicious, but unfortunately I am allergic to shrimp :-( But I LOVE the idea of the avocado salsa, do you think the quesadillas would still taste good if I substituted roasted or grilled chicken? I'm assuming it would add a point or so per serving, but just wondering if you thought it would taste ok. Thanks!!

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  45. Chicken would be great! I also have a recipe for chicken quesadillas if you want to look it up.

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  46. I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious, and very filling. Thanks Gina!
    I used Nature's Promise whole wheat tortillas, and when I put it into recipe builder I got 13 points-plus per serving. All the other ingredients were the same. How many points-plus are the La Tortilla Factory tortillas? I remember I bought them once and now I can't find them!

    -September

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  47. La tortilla factory is 1 point for 2 tortillas if I remember correctly. It's hard to find a tortilla as low in points.

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  48. Do you know how many calories this recipe would be without the Tomato Avocado Salsa?

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  49. This was so delicious and filling!Easy to make and something different!

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  50. Hands down the best quesadillas I have ever had. You have quite a gift of coming up with these recipes! Thanks so much!

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  51. I agree with Rachel...definitely best quesadillas everrrr!!!

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  52. Just made these for lunch and felt compelled to pass along my husband's comments. He isn't a picky eater, but he is critical of flavor combinations. With that said, he gave these 10 out of 10 points! (I honestly don't think that has happened before.) He said the flavors were well balanced, and he enjoyed the citrus flavor from the lime. Nothing to add, nothing to take away. Just a perfect recipe.

    BUT, like others have mentioned, it's hard to eat more than one. These things are filling!! Guess we're going to have to find another use for 1/2 an avocado so we can half the recipe.

    Thanks, Gina, for knocking this one out of the park!

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  53. This looks amazing!!
    I've recently discovered skinny taste and I find myself making ALL my meals from it! Haven't found a bad recipe yet :)

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  54. I made these tonight for my husband and myself - they're fantastic! He's really picky about quesadillas, too - he loves the greasy, fatty quesadillas you get at Mexican restaurants, so I wasn't sure if he'd like these. But he loved them (and so did I). I didn't tell him that I used low carb whole wheat tortillas (I use the ones from Trader Joe's, only 45 calories each) and low fat cheese, and he didn't even notice. Success! Thanks for the great recipes.

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  55. How much do 16 large shrimp weigh? I plan on making this tomorrow night BUT I only have 1/2 a pound of small shrimp in my freezer. Do you think I'll need more??

    -Whitney

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  56. just fyi - the print button on this recipe doesnt print out whole recipe or ingredients

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  57. I was just coming here to say what Kelly said, had to come back for the rest of the directions/ingredients.

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  58. What's a good substitute for avocado? I'm not much if a fan...this looks so delicious!!!!!!

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  59. I made these tonight and they are fantastic! My husband and kids loved them and found them very filling. My oldest son who hates eating anything great loved the avocado mixture to my surprise. Thank you for the recipe!

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  60. Lori in NC7/5/12, 4:09 PM

    These were fantastic. My husband and son inhaled theirs, and both requested that I make them again in the near future. I went with regular pepperjack, because the store was out of the Cabot 75%. The tomato/avocado salsa absolutely made the dish. I served your Southwestern Black Bean salad on the side - because they share so many ingredients, they tasted great together, and were so easy to make. Looking forward to having these again soon.

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  61. so simple! so yummy!

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  62. just made these for the 2nd time and we LOVED them! So fresh and yummy!

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